|The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids: Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots (series #1)
|What You Need to Know:
• A good choice for readers looking for a little thrill but nothing too scary.
• All of the students in the class play a part in solving the mystery so there are quite a few kids to keep track of
throughout the story.
• Although many characters are introduced, there is minimal character development.
• Readers will identify with the class as a whole more than any particular character.
• Appropriate for kids just beginning the Reader Senior stage.
• The illustrations feel a little outdated.
|Sweet Series Background:
There are more than 50 books in this series that started in the early 1990’s. In each book, the kids encounter some sort of mystery that they try to solve. The mystery generally involves something creepy or strange like zombies, monsters and aliens.
|Sweet Book Summary:
When a class of third graders gets a new teacher, Mrs. Jeepers, they begin to suspect that she is a vampire because of her accent and the creepy house she lives in. Two students, Eddie and Melody, sneak in there to see if she has a coffin in her basement. They find something but can’t open it. Eddie, normally the class bully, is scared of Mrs. Jeepers. He tries to cause trouble but is mesmerized by her green pin.
The kids decide to solve this mystery by “relying on themselves” because it isn’t something that they can tell their parents. So, is Mrs. Jeepers really a vampire? Will they ever find out for sure? Either way, the class works together and discovers they can solve some problems on their own.
|Author: Debbie Dadey, Marcia T. Jones Illustrator: John Steven Gurney Published: 1991, 80 pages
Themes: Bullying, Magic, Mystery, School, Teamwork
I've read it in my 5th grade.